(This is an entirely speculative post - I have absolutely no plans to start a real-world business!) I wonder if now would be the right time to start a new kind of shop, similar to the Kijkshop in Holland. A quick bit of background: Kijkshop (literally "look shop") is a chain of stores which have exactly one of everything on display, in glass cases. Here are a few images taken inside various stores that probably explain it better than I can: https://www.freebees.nl/assets/PageSlides/vrijenactief-2.jpg http://shoppen.blog.nl/files/2011/07/kijkshopvernieuwd.png https://www.freebees.nl/assets/PageSlides/kokenenwonen-2.jpg Basically, it's like a more hands-on version of Argos i.e. instead of being stuck looking at a thick paper catalogue or a screen, you can actually see a product - you just can't handle it yourself. It might work well, because one of the snags with otherwise extremely successful ecommerce sites is that you can't "see the goods" so for many product categories you're not 100% clear what you're getting. How big is the product? What's the exact colour scheme? Does it have a plug on it for X? Etc. etc. At the same time, more and more people are using physical stores for "research" then going home and buying the stuff online. I imagine this could work in one of several ways (not necessarily mutually exclusive): A) Like Argos, or click-and-collect: the products are stacked out back and you can get them within a few minutes by going to a counter B) Everything is available for next day or at least fast delivery, or future collection, but nothing is actually in store that very second. Saves massively on inventory overheads. Similar to ecommerce. People could shop using QR codes and a smartphone app, or a device similar to the one in Waitrose and some other stores that can read/store the barcodes of the stuff they're interested in. Final step would be to submit delivery info and pay for the goods. C) Feed leads to trusted online partners so that people can use the store explicitly as window shopping, then be guided to buying the product cheaply from reputable online firms (from which the store makes an affiliate/partner commission) I'm sure there are many ways to tweak and refine the idea, once the basics have been established. The main idea being that it dramatically increases the number of different products that can be made "available" in a given product category, because only one of each need ever be on display... So you could have 200 digital cameras, or 50 ultrabooks, or whatever - rather than the pittance that shows up in places like PC World. Plus since the products are encased in glass, you don't have to worry about: - Shoplifting - Damaged packaging - Misplaced products (people pick something up, wander round the store and change their mind, and just stick the thing they no longer want on the nearest shelf) And finally, while you will end up with quite a bit of "shop worn" products (as in "stuff that's been out on display") they will actually be in near-mint condition (and therefore can be disposed off at much less of a discount) because they've not been pawed over by customers.